Many young people travel to other countries to go hiking or backpacking. They usually stay at youth hostels and Backpacker hotels because it is cheaper and also for the comradeship. It is not uncommon for hikers and backpackers to carry a cell phone or GPS device to know where they are at or to be able to call or signal for help in case of an emergency.
Many companies and organizations offer hiking and backpacking experiences. See our Adventure Travel section of our site for companies that offer hiking and backpacking experiences. Some of the travel agency and travel guide websites have sections on hiking or adventure travel.
Trail Maintenance. There are also trail maintenance projects that you can join. Some of them involve a day and some are overnight, such as on a weekend, or require a longer stay.
Travel Insurance. Don't forget to get travel insurance in case you are injured and need medical attention or your trip is interrupted, delayed or cancelled.
|Search the Web|
|If you are looking for information on hiking or backpacking in a specific place (e.g., mountain range, park, or country) and want to search the web, here are some suggested query formats:|
|Use this format||Example|
|Hiking in <place>||Hiking in Ecuador|
|Hiking + <place>||Hiking Canary Islands|
|Hiking in the <mountain range>||Hiking in the Andes|
|Hiking + <trail name>||Hiking the Appalachian trail|
|Trekking in + <place or mountain range>||Trekking in Nepal|
|Backpacking in <country or park name>||Backpacking in New Zealand|